The flow patterns within the impeller passages of a centrifugal blood pump model

Ching Man Yu, B.T.H. Ng, W.K. Chan, L.P. Chua

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Abstract

The effects of impeller geometry on the performance of a centrifugal blood pump model [the MSCBP design of Akamatsu and Tsukiya (The Seventh Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics (1997), 7-10) at a 1:1 scale] have been investigated both experimentally and computationally. Four impeller designs were tested for pump hydraulic performance at the operating point (i.e. 2000 rpm), using blood analog as the working fluid. Each impeller has seven blades with different configurations including the radial straight blade and backward swept blade designs. The results show that both designs can achieve a stable head of about 100 mm Hg at the operating point. Subsequent investigations involved the visualization of the relative flow field within the impeller passages via the image de-rotation system coupled with a 2.5 W argon ion laser. Flow structures in all sectors of each impeller were examined and discussed. To further quantify the possible effects of blade geometry to thrombus formation and hemolysis, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used to simulate a simplified two-dimensional blade-to-blade flow analysis so as to estimate the shear stress levels. The results indicate that the stress levels found within the blade passages are generally below the threshold level of 150 N/m2 for extensive erythrocyte damage to occur. There are some localized regions near the leading edge of the blades where the stress levels are 60% above the threshold level. However, given such a short residence time for the fluid particles to go through these high shear stress regions, their effects appear to be insignificant. (C) 2000 IPEM. The effects of impeller geometry on the performance of a centrifugal blood pump model (the MSCBP design of Akamatsu and Tsukiya (The Seventh Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics (1997), 7-10) at a 1:1 scale) have been investigated both experimentally and computationally. Four impeller designs were tested for pump hydraulic performance at the operating point (i.e. 2000 rpm), using blood analog as the working fluid. Each impeller has seven blades with different configurations including the radial straight blade and backward swept blade designs. The results show that both designs can achieve a stable head of about 100 mm Hg at the operating point. Subsequent investigations involved the visualization of the relative flow field within the impeller passages via the image de-rotation system coupled with a 2.5 W argon ion laser. Flow structures in all sectors of each impeller were examined and discussed. To further quantify the possible effects of blade geometry to thrombus formation and hemolysis, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used to simulate a simplified two-dimensional blade-to-blade flow analysis so as to estimate the shear stress levels. The results indicate that the stress levels found within the blade passages are generally below the threshold level of 150 N/m2 for extensive erythrocyte damage to occur. There are some localized regions near the leading edge of the blades where the stress levels are 60% above the threshold level. However, given such a short residence time for the fluid particles to go through these high shear stress regions, their effects appear to be insignificant. (C) 2000 IPEM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-393
Number of pages13
JournalMedical Engineering and Physics
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering

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